In 2017, Sasha Tab – that’s Oleksandr Sloboyanyk – tried to represent Ukraine at Eurovision as part of Salto Nazad. Although his group wasn’t selected, five years later Sasha will now get the opportunity to appear at Eurovision. He has been named as the new backing vocalist for Kalush Orchestra – replacing Dzhonni Dyvnyy.
Sasha Tab joins Kalush Orchestra for Eurovision 2022
During Kalush Ochestra’s appearance at the market square of Lviv on Saturday, we noticed that the group were joined by a new backing vocalist. The then “unidentified” artist has turned out to be Sasha Tab, the lead singer of the former group Salto Nazad.
In 2017, Salto Nazad took part in the second edition of Vidbir with “O mamo”, a song that won the jury vote of the show’s first semi-final. During the grand final, the band placed sixth overall. Last year, Sasha auditioned for Holos krainy (The Voice of Ukraine), where he sang his Vidbir song – which was instantly recognised by the judges.
Sasha Tab on singing at Eurovision 2022
The musical distance between Sasha Tab as an artist and Kalush Orchestra as a group is small. Salto Nazad’s former producer Ivan Klimenko is also one of the songwriters for Kalush Orchestra’s Eurovision 2022 entry “Stefania”. In a statement to Suspilne, Sasha stated:
“My friends from the group Kalush wrote to me that they needed a backing vocalist. In a situation in which their backing vocalist could not go. I am very happy that they asked me and that I can help my favourite group, my friends. And that way I ended up with them.”
“It’s an honour for me to represent Ukraine at such a global, cool contest. That will help financially. We will have a fundraiser. We will have a promo tour to help Ukraine. I’m very happy that it has gone this way. In 2017, I was in the selection with a song about a mother. And it has happened again that it’s a song about a mother – “Stefania”. After all, it was called for that I would take part.”
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Kalush Orchestra will perform at Israel Calling on 7 April. Having already arrived in Israel, they have filmed their Eurovision 2022 postcard in the country since they were unable to do so in Ukraine.
Further destinations of their promo tour are yet to be revealed.
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